Preparations are underway for the seventh annual Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration, which will take place on a new date: Sept. 4-5! This free Labor Day weekend event is an entertaining educational experience that the whole family will enjoy! It features canoe races, a traditional salmon bake dinner, cultural exhibits and demonstrations, a Native American market place, children’s activities and an evening concert with Joanne Shenandoah.
Linked to the traditional observance marking the return of the salmon, The Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration began as a means of sharing the heritage, culture and traditions of the Coquille Indian Tribe and other Pacific Northwest Tribes with residents and visitors to Oregon’s Bay Area. Now in its seventh year, the event attracts Native American artisans and musicians from throughout the Western United States and Canada.
Known for its traditional salmon bake dinner where fresh salmon is prepared in the time-honored Coquille open-pit manner, the Mill-Luck Salmon Celebration offers visitors the opportunity to experience Native American culture, art, food and music. The celebration, which runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, features daily performances by Native American storytellers, drummers, flutists and dancers; a marketplace offering traditional wares and foods; a bay-front canoe exhibit and races; traditional games and activities for children, plus a variety of cultural demonstrations and educational exhibits. New to the event this year will be Canoe exhibition rides on Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
In addition to the free daytime events, which will take place at the South-end of the casino’s hotel, this year’s celebration will feature a Saturday evening performance with Joanne Shenandoah, a Grammy award winning and 12-time Native American Music Award winning artist. She is a Wolf Clan member of the Iroquois Confederacy-Oneida Nation. Shenandoah has 15 recordings and her music is on over 40 compilations.
Her original compositions, combined with a striking voice enable her to embellish the ancient songs of the Iroquois using a blend of traditional and contemporary instrumentation. Ms. Shenandoah’s music reflects the indigenous philosophy and culture, which continues to have a profound effect on the world today. From traditional chants to contemporary ballads about Native ways, her music has been described as an emotional experience, a “Native American Trance”. Ms. Shenandoah will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the casino’s Salmon Room.
Tickets for Ms. Shenandoah’s Saturday night concert and the popular Salmon Bake dinner, which will be served from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday are now on sale at Ko-Kwel Gifts inside The Mill Casino • Hotel. Tickets for the concert are $18 per person with an $8 discount for Millionaire$ Club members, while tickets for the Salmon Bake dinner, including a commemorative tee shirt, are just $17 for children 11 under and $25 for adults with a $5 discount for Millionaire$ Club members.